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Sowing has been completed in 3.51 lakh hectares of land in the district

Deficient rainfall: kharif crops on 1.47 lakh hectares in the district have been affected

Maize crop on 45,452 hectares of land has

been damaged

BELLARY: Standing kharif crops on 1.47 lakh hectares of land in Bellary district have been affected owing to deficient rainfall and the loss has been estimated at Rs. 66.3 crore.

The district received rainfall of 60.4 mm and 45.8 mm respectively in June and July. Normal rainfall in the two months is 65.3 mm and 85.5 mm respectively. However, the rainfall was not widespread. Later, there was no rainfall in the district for nearly 30 days up to August 15. Though the district received good rainfall in August (from the third week), it did not help the standing crops in rain-fed areas, B.Y. Srinivas, Joint Director of Agriculture, told The Hindu. The district received 57.33 mm rainfall in the first week of September.

Sowing has been completed in 3.51 lakh hectares of land in the district (2.15 lakh hectares in rain-fed areas and 1.36 lakh hectares in irrigated belt) as against the target of 3.77 lakh hectares, recording a percentage of 93.1.

According to Mr. Srinivas, maize crop has been severely affected owing to deficient rainfall. Maize crop on 45,452 hectares of land, of the total cultivated area of 98,635 hectares, has been affected. The loss has been estimated at Rs. 20.45 crore. Hybrid jowar crop on 23,899 hectares has been affected, resulting in loss to the tune of Rs. 10.75 crore. Groundnut crop has been affected on 34,659 hectares of land. The loss has been estimated at Rs. 15.59 crore. Sunflower crop has been damaged on 17,500 hectares and the loss has been put at Rs. 7.87 crore, and cotton crop has been in affected on 8,631 hectares and the loss has been estimated at Rs. 3.88 crore.

Bajra, ragi, navane, toor, green gram, cowpea, sesamum and niger corps have also been affected.

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